Posted by: Sally Pitts
Montgomery, (WSFA) - The American red cross has issued an urgent appeal for blood donors. The organization says it's at its lowest level in nearly a decade. The winter weather has forced more than 20,000 people across the country to cancel blood donations. Locally, Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Blood Services Region has lost 700 units because of severe weather. "When it affects North Alabama, it affects the blood supply everywhere. We supply close to 100 hospitals across the state of Alabama. If we can't draw enough in north Alabama, then the rest of the region has to make up the difference," said Jackie Buck with the Central Alabama Red Cross.
We checked with Baptist and Jackson hospitals. Both report their blood supply is fine right now.
The American Red Cross is on the ground all across the United States, helping people affected by the massive winter storm. It has more than 70 shelters open in nine states. Buck says Red Cross volunteers from Alabama are ready to help those in need, if called.